A verge permit entitles you to use the City of Stirling's verge for temporarily parking vehicles, storing materials, accessing private property from the road or locating a bulk bin. Find out more about verge permits and how to obtain one.

Who does this information relate to?

This information is for owners or builders planning on carrying out any building or demolition works. This includes work such as, but not limited to:

  • Earthworks
  • Demolition
  • Fencing
  • Roofing
  • Landscaping
  • Adding a patio, pergola, carport, swimming pool or spa
  • Building a house.

What is a verge?

A verge is the area of land that lies between the property boundary and the street or road.

What is a verge permit?

A verge permit entitles you to use the City of Stirling's verge for temporarily parking vehicles, storing materials, accessing private property from the road or locating a bulk bin.

There are a number of important conditions you must comply with when using the verge.

Why do I need a verge permit?

Building and demolition works can often result in damage to City of Stirling property in the verge area such as the road pavement, kerbs, footpaths, drains, street trees and plants.

The City also receives a large number of complaints from residents about the inability to use footpaths as a result of builders either damaging or storing material across footpaths and roads.

A verge permit enables the City to monitor the use of the verge, thereby minimising damage to the area and inconvenience to neighbours.

Verge Area

Is it compulsory to have a verge permit?

Yes, regardless of the value or nature of your building or demolition works, you must have a verge permit.

If you use the verge without a verge permit or payment of the bond, the City of Stirling may issue an on-the-spot fine or prosecute you.

Fees and application form

The verge permit itself is available at no cost, but there will be a fee for conducting inspections prior to and after the works have commenced. The City of Stirling will:

  • Conduct both a pre-development inspection and a post completion inspection of the verge area.
  • Require payment of a refundable and substantial security bond for any repairs or clean up the City must undertake to the verge area when works have been completed.

As of Monday 3 October 2016 if there is a street tree located on the verge, an additional street tree bond will be required. 

Details on the fees and applicable bond amounts are listed below.

Fees

Value of WorkInspection FeeRefundable Verge  Bond

 

 All Demolition, building works, swimming pool installations, front fences, retaining walls 

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  $200

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$1,500

 

Minor works valued under $20,000

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$200



$1,000

 

Street Tree
​Inspection Fee
Refundable Street Tree Bond
One street tree on verge up to a Helliwell value of $6,000

n/a

​$1,500
One street tree on the verge over a Helliwell value of $6,000

​n/a

​$4,500
More than one street tree on the verge


n/a
Bond cost to be advised. The tree with the higher value sets the minimum bond. Each additional tree requires and additional $1,000

Further information regarding the value of street trees and the new bond requirements can be found in Section 5 of the City's Street and Reserve Tree Policy, available on the following link: Street and Reserve Tree Policy.

Download the Verge permit application form (PDF) to apply for a verge permit. The document also contains a schedule of applicable verge permit fees: Verge Permit Application Form